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welcome to assnment 7. i'm janelle wang. today on our program. an abc news fix it report and cutting edge hotel open now in wine country. why it could set a standard for the u.s. and three crairs women jump on a treatment for a crippling disease. they claim it works. >> you have seen things that need to be fixed in your neighborhood. it's part of a segment called, you fix it. >> all the pickets on the fence are coming out. >> jerry showed us the video of
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the fence that separates his neighborhood. >> this is part of the fenc that is protruding. >> he says the fence at was built by a developer in mid '60s is falling apart. >> this has been chipped in from the top. it's very dangerous. whol thing could fall down in a storm. >> he an his makes have been waiting for the city to replace it since 2004 when newark added a project to build a new mall to it's capital improvement plan. >> ty are putting up a chain link fencing, they are putting up corrugated roofing. and taking 2x4's and nailing toy the outside fence. >> they built this bal outside on cherry street. the project never got fund. >> it's goingo be postponed for a while. >> it's deteriorating but it's a
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matter of priorities. is it a significant risk that section going to fall down? i would think it is not. >> john is the city manager. a plan build on the wall there is still on the books but it's been put on hold because of budget cuts. >> i try to keep poce and firefighters on the streets. i'm trying to keep our streets at a minimum level of maintenance. frankly we don have the funding th we would like to do. >> in the meantime, the residents on the street are legally responsible for maintaining the existing fence. but dav says thais not fair for families. >> i think the city is pret much responsle for it because it's showing what our city is made of. >> it looks like one problem that won't get fixed anytime soon. the city manar says it will cost $450,000 build the wall and e city can't afford it
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until the economy improves. if you have a problem, upload your video on our website at www.abc7.com, click on the you report link on the left-han side of the page and don't forget a phone number and e-mail address where we can contact you. it's estimated that one in five athletes playing contact sports will suffer a concuion this year. one north bay high school is turning to technology to keep athletes safe. leigh glaser reports. >> ten years ago, tam quarterback took a bit hitting that left him with a severe concussion. >> i'm just laying there and everything is blacand i don't see anything. >> he didn't know how bad the injury was until he took a brain function test. >> what data from t test allowed us to do in the unfortunate event that onof
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the athletes should have a concussion, they would return to our clinic and retake the same tests they took today. >> it's similar to a memory test. athletes like the ones here are evaluated on reaction time to what they see on the screen and along with memory and visual recognition. the test is given once a year. they are re-tested if they get a concussion. >> we see a baseline core. it's actually quite good. immediately after the yes, sir when he took the test two to three days later, he was pretty well diminished. >> and they can tell when it's safe for them to retu to the field which the same preinjury te the n.f.l. requires its athletes each year. surprisingly, most concussns are female with soccer and basketball. >> and dealing with temperures with hundred degrees, the same symptoms you experience with a concussion, as are similar to
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heat exhaustion. >> like nausea and headaches and dizziness. >> it's the hope to keep them on the field longer. >> it seems like everybody is trying to go green the days and hotels are no exception. dan ashley reports on one bay area hotel that is an extreme example of the growing trend. >> in sonoma county, healdsburg is increasingly becoming a destination for tourists visiting wine country and also where you'll find the newest hotel. >> the actual sitesed to be a gas station. >> jason is director of sales at h--2 hotel a new green hotel that opened in july. >> obviously, we're goin this to save money with the hotel itself by saving energy usage. it's really the future.
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i think other guests really appreciate the value of the green hotel. >> everythg from the guest rooms to the lobby was desigd with the environment in mind. >> essentially all of the materials in the interiors and in the hotel are sustainable, that is they are reused, resiokd local. >> even the tables in the restaurant are made from reclaimed wood. >> this is local harvested certainly within the larger bay area. >> rather than jumping into a car you can check out a bike to get around town and a green roof helped the project off. >> you can make a building rich and wonderful and green the good way to do it because it saves monies over the long rm and something that we need to do. >> they are hoping to get what
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they call certification from the green knowledge in the is uple of weeks. they set the standard for environmentally responsible building. the council says california has more green hospitality projects than anywhere else in the nation. the number of projects national jumped from one in 2005 to 947 this year. >> i think it is a trend. >> colin johnson is asciate professor of hospitality management at san francisco state university. >> most of major changes that brought this idea of buying into sustaible development and looking afr the environment but it was because cost savis. >> he says that european hotels are much further ahe than the u.s. to gree up their hotels. small hotels like this are planting the seeds of change locally but he says it's a matter of time before the big chains follow suit. >> i think it has eventually, not just in norern california
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but throughout the world. >> dan ashley, "abc news." a very special summer camp based here in the bay area. coming up. they share a mission of love doing all they can to do to help children [ male announcer ] life is indeed aincredible journey. and while the road y traveled may have beedifferent from that of your neighbor, some choices are ptty clear to just about everyone. likeetting more for your money. anthem blue crs has a healthy selection medicare advantage plans,
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we want to take you back to a summer camp that is based right here in liveore. you'll hear from two women that want to help children with the aids virus. cheryl jennings reports on camp arroyo. >> i was bornositive and hope is good and i am hap in life. >> live longer and i get to have more friends. >> how do you like camp? >> iove it a lot. >> these young pele are
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thriving in spite of living with the aids virus. they are working with other children with aids and siblings at summer camp. she is a counselor and they ar counselors in training they are reuniting with two dynamic women from california that made great sacfices to make a safe place for children with aids. line taylor and her husband started the foundation with a modest event. >> wead a fund-raiser in our front yard i never thought we be here. >> jerry founded the camp with children with aids. it was a terrible time of fear and lack of awareness. >> parents are really frightened to let their children know they were positive or they themselves were pitive because they were afraid the children wouldn't be accepted into schoo >> the children enjoy a week of free summer camp. it was the dream of elaine taylor.
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she made out gos for special children wit aids. jerry brooks was providing out of their own pocket. they would allow to bri the kids becae of the care and stigma. geri told me back in 1989er was the first tv reporter to hold a child with aids. they met jerry as result of my story on abc7. >> it wa a miracle when you brought elain taylor to us. she is a woman in the community who was really interested and really cared about knowing more about children with aids. >> the can't here? livermore was built ten years with the virus and other life-threatening illnesses but the commitment to children's happiness starte more than 20 years ago. >> we took on the mison of building a camp for children with aids. >> now they are celebrating two decades of helping chilen.
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kids are being diagnosed with aids has declined and children with otr life-threatening illness are now invited to the camp along with the families. >> we have two brain tumor camps and heart camps, the asthma camp >>. >> whether it gets a child to come to the camp, siblings to come to kw the programs or other siblings that we tack talk about what is going on or it gives them free time to have a little break. >> for geri brooks it's a rerd for a lifetime of hard work. >> it's because of improved medication, to become young adults and coming back to be counselors, 's really wonderful. >> for them, camp had become her
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lifetime commitmen >> i love all the counselors and staff and everyone here. they really are my family. this is e of the most important things in my life. >> at camp arroyo in livermore, cheryl jennings, "abc 7 ne." >> coming up bay area patients jump on the bandwagon f a controversiatreatment to stop a crippling disease and not getting [ male announcer ] how do you stop tos falling over? [ speaking spanish ] ♪ [ male announcer ] old el paso stand 'n stuff taco shells. old el paso. feed your fiesta. go-gurt is speciallmade to freeze and thaw by lunch time? so kids can have their favorite yogu in their lunch box go-gurt. freeze it. thaw it. eat it up.
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statin order to be consided a high quality school. it hasn't been easy nearly 85% of the students here are english learners. >> we have a focus where we reviewed anden participated. >> extra help were given to those that need it. >> it's an abstract knowledge. >> wh calirnia begin tracking schools, only 20% or were at or above the 800 mark. this year, 46% reached it. it's clear that elementary schools are doi much better than the hh schools. only 25% of them have hit that target. they say much emphasis has been placed on the younger kids. >> how those kids are enring middle school and we're starting to see the gains at middle school level. we're hopeful we'll see the
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gains when they reach high school. >> oer schools are now doing a number of things to try to improve scores. for example, here in oakland, two middle schools have decided to extend their school day. >> united academy is one of them. thanks to a grant the school will work with a nonprofit that will run an extended academic program. >> so knowing the standards, the guides, knowing wha the studen are working on in class and awill allowing practice time. >> they want to make sure that no ones left behind. in oakland, lyanne melendez, "abc 7 news." bay area researchers will be joining the effort to exine a controrsial treatment for multiple sclerosis. here is carolyn johnson. >> they are just back from a trip t the east coast.
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gail and michelle and the other weren't taking a vacation. they were together to reive an experimental treatment. >> that we were independent and did not depe on each other but what a joy. >> all three women suffer from multiple scleros. the decision they shared was to undergo a controversial procedure based on theory known as ccsdi. it's backers believe the symptoms of mgs are caused by blockages in cranial blood flow. the pictures on carol's computer are from an imaging tes of her veins. increased blood flow around her neck and brain, distribution perford angioplasty and placed a stent in her brain. >> i definitely feel better. the stiffness in my legs is gone. >> it's the craziest thing, my husband and i can't believe it. >> sheryl joan a mother of two
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says ms has forced her to use a wheelchair. she also received angioplasty. >> i'm walking up and down and it's no problem. >> all three women consider their treatment a success. the patients desperate for relief can receive a placebo effect. much of the research community remains skeptical. >> we first reported on this earlier this year when a stanford surgeon stopped performing the procedure. he decided to hold off until he could conduct a clinical trial in fact with the mgs community there has been a huge push for the th resech with the hope of determing whether this plays a role in ms. >> that is the first ep. if it's not real phenomenon, you can forget the notion of doing surgery. >> he directs the muiple sclerosis center at ucsf.
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>> if this really works, it would be exciting for the patients. the problem is, it's not been establisd as a val sort of factor in the cause of cause of multiple sclerosis. >> they were motivated in part by the explosion of clinics offering the procedur and patients willg to travel across the country even across the wld to get it. he expects to have data from blind trials in about a year. >> it's giving us a lot of high profile explotion in the lay press. >> meaning a stanford suron that helped develop it is now preparing to launch a clinical trial of his own. they are organizing an indepeent fund-raising event to help with some of the costs. >> it's important that we suppt the trials and that everything is done in such a way that it becomes acceed.
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>> and while they wait for definitive rults, the thre women are believs in the relief they say they found in a disease that threatens to cripple their bodies. >> not getting enough sleep? now there is an app for that. richard hart reports on a home version of a medical sleep clinic. >> about half of us don't get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep. >> society is more sleep deprived than people appreciate. >> as director of sleep center, he oversaw the change over to sono grams that cav it with infrared light. the patient is in the environment and the clinic offers home testing, too. >> originally we were sleep deprived students. we we extremely tired. >> so eric and his partners
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spent five years developing this. it's an alarm clock that collects brain wav through a wireless headband. in the morning it reveals how much deep sleep you got and light sleem and rem and how many times you woke up summarized. pop out the memory card and you can upload week's worth of data to a web app. it's not at medical device but based on your medical diary it coaches you with personal observations. >> what good is it? the idea is to associate sleep patterns with thos things duringour day that affect your sleep, from the headband to the display, to the internet, and to this. >> this app delivers all the web coachingo your smart phone where you can keep a log. the company has opened a program interface so any of us can now tinker with our own sleep data. >> and you don't need a sleep
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monitor to tell you that you are sleep deprived. you have to figure out what are your priities. >> pretty neat. you will get a kick out of next story. story. we'll have were prese i want youo >>
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>> how do they do that? what form? you know they'll be back in mid-december with a really big show. what do you think, i could be part o the group or not? >> absolutely. we'll keep in you into n mind. >> don sanchez, "abc 7 news. >> that is all for this edition of assignment 7. we'll see you next time.2@
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